Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sastha Temple
Erumeli - Kaalaketti - 11Kms
Kaalaketti - Azhutha - 2.5 Kms approx
Azhutha River - Pampa - 37 Kms approx
Peroor Thodu - Irumboonikara - 3 Kms (Forest starts from Irumbooni Kara)
Irumboonikara - Arasumdi Kotta - 3 Kms approx
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Pampa - Neelimala - Appachimedu - Sabaripeedom - Sannidhanam (Approx 7 Kms)
Three steep ascents are Azhutha Nadi to Inchiparakotta, Kariyilam Thodu to Karimala (on Erumeli - Pampa route) and Pampa- Neelimala (on the 7 Kms stretch from Pampa to Sannidhanam).
As a precaution against undue cardiac stress (especially in the case of elderly pilgrims), it is advisable to rest frequently while negotiating these steep slopes.
Thiruvananthapuram (aka Trivandrum) is located at
0809 N 7655 E
ir India, Indian Airlines, Alliance Air, Jet Airways, Sahara Airlines, Air India, Air Lanka, Gulf Air, Silk Air and many leading foreign airlines operate to/from these airports.
(Where one could establish a base camp, rest and then proceed to Sabarimala)
Pampa is the closest `base camp'. But it tends to get overcorwded (during prime seasons) and has shortage of built up living accommodation. The other nearby towns are:-
A large number of trains operate along Kochi-Alapuzha-Kollam route and Kochi-Kottayam-Kollam-Thiruvananthapuram route. These trains pass through or close to some of the towns mentioned above and one could disembark at these railway stations.
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation operates regular bus services, from nearby towns, to Pampa and Erumeli throughout the year. The number of trips are well augmented during the pilgrim season. Private taxis, utility vehicles and mini buses are also available for hire from any point enroute.
From Erumeli, the pilgrim can, if he wishes so, trek on foot along the forests to reach Pampa. The trekking distance from Erumeli to Pampa is 43 Kms. The route is via Peroorthodu, Irumbunnikara, Arasumudikotta, Kaalaketti, Azhutha, Azhutha River, Kallidum Kunnu, Inchipara, Mukkuzhi, Kariyilam Thodu, Karimala, Valianya Thavalam, Cheriyana Thavalam, Pampa.
The route from Pampa to
Sabarimala (approx 6 kms) can be undertaken only on foot. This portion of the route is
unfit for vehicular traffic. The various road routes available to Pampa are:-
Another route sometimes followed by pilgrims coming from Tamilnadu via Kottayam-Kumali(KK) road is:-
Additional persons (in cases where room capacity is mentioned) will be charged @ Rs 50 per person.
11 rooms in Sabarinivas are kept reserved for VIPs.
Above details are subject to change from time to time.
For advanced booking contact Devasom Commissioner, Travancore Devasom Board, Nanthancode, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India 695003 (Phone +91-471-316963/310319/317983) (Sabarimala Phone Nos are +91-473-592026/592028)
The Accommodation Officer, (Phone +91-473-592049)Maramoth Complex, Sabarimala, Kerala
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